​In the 1938 Kennel Club show, Mr. Jack Duncan entered a Bulldog called ‘Bosworth Queen’ in four classes. Bosworth Queen, or ‘Queenie’ won all four classes she was entered in at the show and won a further award the ‘Challenge Certificate’ for the Best Bulldog Bitch. Queenie was also awarded the ‘Send Gold Challenge Vase’ which was awarded to the best Non-Sporting Exhibit, other than Toy. With the vase was awarded a silver medal.

Jack Duncan’s kennels, the Bosworth Kennels, where Queenie was bred was located at the rear of 10 High Street Brompton (now the hairdressers).

Queenie’s fame was soon noted and she was bought by the entrepreneur and performer Jimmy Knode. She was then propelled to stardom as the mascot for Britain during the Second World War.


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Ironically the owner of Britain’s bulldog mascot, Jimmy Knode, had a German father and Jimmy’s real name was Herman Joseph A Knode.

Mark - 22/10/2013 12:04

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